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In the end, though, this is not a story of good versus evil but a complex and bold examination of political and family relationships, of the long-term effect of guilt and lies, of people's motives and failures and muddled intentions.Read Full Review of The Burgess Boys: A Novel | See more reviews from Guardian
...the reader is quickly mesmerized by Miss Strout’s rich exposition of what seems a simple story but is, in fact, a poignant look at family relationships and secrets, guilt, sibling rivalry, marriage, political correctness and the burdens of immigration imposed on both immigrants and locals.Read Full Review of The Burgess Boys: A Novel | See more reviews from Washington Times
As a family drama, this one has its satisfactions: comeuppances are gotten; imbalances are balanced. It can be a motivating read. Yet Strout tips her hand a little too much...Read Full Review of The Burgess Boys: A Novel | See more reviews from Toronto Star
But in "The Burgess Boys," as she writes of Jim and Bob, Somalians and Mainers, law firms and marriages, Strout isn't able to pull the disparate pieces together. Somehow, in writing a novel, Strout has lost the story.Read Full Review of The Burgess Boys: A Novel | See more reviews from LA Times
This unpretentious epic is packed with humor and hubris, elevating the ordinary and shining a light into the roiling emotions typically contained beneath the still, staid surface of small town life.Read Full Review of The Burgess Boys: A Novel
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Truly disappointing. I loved "Olive Kitteridge", but this is meandering, plot-less, and frankly, very uninteresting.
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